Worth noting

Worth noting

-- Left-hander Brett Oberholtzer is expected to pitch in the rotation at Triple-A Oklahoma City for the rest of the season. The Astros promoted him last week from Double-A Corpus Christi, where he was 5-3 with a 4.21 ERA in 13 starts, when Wes Musick went on the disabled list with an elbow issue.

-- Astros top pitching prospect Jarred Cosart, who was named to the Texas League South Division All-Star team, hasn't allowed a run in 15 innings in his last two starts. In his four prior starts, he had allowed 17 earned runs in 24 2/3 innings, raising his ERA to 4.50 from 2.84.

-- Shortstop Carlos Correa, the No. 1 overall pick in this year's Draft, was 2-for-19 (.105 batting average) with six strikeouts through five games for the Gulf Coast League Astros. The Astros have been thrilled with how he's handling himself as he gets his career going.

-- Lexington right-hander Nick Tropeano is 3-1 with a 2.22 ERA in five June starts. In his last two starts, he has combined for 13 scoreless innings, allowing five hits and eight walks while striking out 13 batters.

-- Outfielder Austin Wates, who's on the disabled list at Double-A Corpus Christi with a strained quadriceps, is rehabbing with the Gulf Coast League Astros and should re-join the Hooks later this week, perhaps Thursday or Friday.

-- Right-hander Lance McCullers Jr., the No. 41 overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft who signed last week with Houston, is close to making his debut for the Gulf Coast League Astros, director of player development Fred Nelson said. Nelson said the club will keep a close eye on his innings.